LibriVox recording of The Breaking Point, by Mary Roberts Rinehart. Read by Nicholas Clifford.
Mary Roberts Rinehart -- "America's Agatha Christie," as she used to be called -- set this story in a New York suburban town, shortly after the end of the first world war. Dick Livingstone is a young, successful doctor, who in the course of events becomes engaged to Elizabeth Wheeler. But there is a mystery about his past, and he thinks himself honor-bound to unravel it before giving himself to her in marriage. In particular, a shock of undetermined origin has wiped out his memory prior to roughly the last decade. Rinehart, who presumably had been reading, or reading about, the then popular Sigmund Freud, plays on what today is called "repressed memory," as she takes Dick into his past, and into the dangers that, unknown to him, lurk there. Is she correct about the behavior of memory? Who knows? After all, this is not a clinical treatise, but a work of fiction, one of the thrillers that made her such a popular writer of the earlier twentieth century.(Introduction by Nicholas Clifford)
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The characters are very well observed - ordinary, likeable people dealing with unexpected difficulties. It takes time, but Rinehart describes beatifully how they react to those difficulties, developments and consequences and how they move on. Excellent reader.
August 24, 2016 Subject:
Don't bother with this story.
I'll cut to the chase. 1. This is nothing like Christie. 2. It is too long, you can skip many chapters here and there and still almost follow it. 3. The story has too many characters in it.
April 11, 2011 Subject:
Awesome story - loved it
Okay, it's a bit far fetched, but still good.
Our hero has met the woman of his dreams, but he has a gap in his memory that he wants filled. So he returns to the place he thinks that will jog his memory. Unfortunately it works, and he forgets the ten years he has spent as an honored doctor and only sees himself as a killer on the run.
Fortunately, he has earned some friends who want to help him, but will it be too little, too late? Can he reclaim his position as a doctor and fiance?
Reader was excellent, no complaints. I really enjoyed this story.